Shoe Storage Solutions

Shoes are great - I'm glad that I have a pair of sandals for warm days, my boots for the winter, and several other pairs for everything in between. What I don't like is when they get in the way, get scattered throughout the house, or otherwise complicate or clutter up my life.

So, what solution is there for shoe storage? Well, the good news is that there is a wide range of solutions and they are fairly easy to implement. Mostly it just takes some of your time and the will to follow through.

Shoe Storage Solutions

Entryway: If your entryway becomes a jumbled mess of shoes that looks more like an obstacle course than an entrance to a home, it is time to take some action. First things first - ask yourself if you and your family really needs all of those shoes. Do you have two pairs of shoes that you use for something? Toss one of them or donate them to someone in need. This will help you get rid of some clutter and make the next step easier. Continue reading

Getting Motivated To Get Rid Of Clutter

I tend to come back to one simple rule – Get Started. If you want to get rid of clutter – get started. If you want to lose weight – get started. If you want to read more books – get started! It doesn't always matter how you do it, why you do it, or where you do it, it just matters that you are doing it and working on getting the momentum you need to keep things going.

So if that is the case, what else do we need? Well, I know as well as anyone that sometimes it can be tough to get started. For whatever reason we end up procrastinating or putting off what we could get started on today – even when we know that it will result in an increase in our own happiness – how crazy is that?!?

If you are having trouble finding the motivation to get started with a project or with a change in your habits, sit back and take a minute to relax and really think it through. You might be surprised how this can help your level of motivation. Continue reading

Declutter Your Home

I have a way that you can tell if you need to declutter your home. Not only will you know whether you need to declutter your home, but you will know exactly what the clutter in your home is.

The best part? This can take 5 minutes. Maybe 15 minutes if you really take your time and are very methodical. I gaurantee that you will be surprised and learn more about yourself, your home, and how to declutter your home if you take the time to follow these quick steps. Continue reading

Get Rid Of Clutter At Work

Our personal space is a reflection of ourselves. If you have a messy desk or your work area is always cluttered up people will tend to think of you that way. Additionally, we can make things more difficult by having a disorganized workspace. Think of the time and effort expended because of the following problems with clutter at work:

  • paperwork lost in a pile
  • tools not stored in the proper location
  • storage drives on computers in total disarray
  • bookshelves and file cabinets out of order

These are probably pretty common to a lot of workplaces and can make a huge dent in our time, productivity, and happiness while at work.

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Don't be this person!

What to do?

Take a few minutes and clear off your desk. Do the best you can in a few minutes. It doesn't have to be perfect, but get rid of the paperwork clutter by recycling or shredding it. Put folders and files back where they belong. Grab a coffee cup and toss the pens and pencils in it.

Take a look at your computer desktop – do you need to clean that up? It can be really distracting to some people to have tons of files on the desktop; if that is you, take a minute and put them into the correct folders for continued storage in a more organized fashion.

How to keep it decluttered?

Hopefully, cleaning off your desk doesn't take much time. The larger issue is keeping it clear of clutter in the future. Try to get in the habit of putting things away before you go home for the day. Take one or two minutes to put pens and pencils back, put folders away in the correct filing area, and return any miscellaneous items to their original location. This should take just a couple of minutes and have a few long lasting effects:

  • Clean area when you arrive in the morning
  • Improve opinions about your habits (yourself and others!)
  • Reduce the time spent looking for “lost” items
  • Reduce stress from the above concerns

Taking the time today to get rid of some of your office clutter can pay off big over time. Today is the time to start implementing these changes. Start enjoying a more organized office now!

 

Declutter Your Bookshelf

Decluttering your bookshelf can be a quick way to make a big change in your home or office. If you want to get rid of clutter from your bookshelves or bookcases, you just need a little time and your home will be looking better, more organized, and cleaner in no time.

Start by taking a look at the shelf in question. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What can I get rid of right now, today?
  • What can I move to storage and maybe donate or get rid of in a week or two?
  • What do I want to keep on the shelf?

Take action on the items that you can get rid of right away - remember, you want to get ridorganized and decluttered bookshelf of clutter - so be sure to find items that you can part with. Is there an old paperback book or two that you've read and haven't looked at in years? Donate those to the library today! Are there old magazine, newspapers, or other periodicals gathering dust? Toss them in the recycling bin!

Are there a  few items that you can't make your mind up about? Try to keep this group of items small as you will be more likely to hold onto them and have them come back as clutter at a later date. Some of these items might be books that you plan to read again, pictures that you might put in a book or store for later, or some other items that aren't the most important, but still have meaning for you.

Lastly, take the items that you know you want to keep on the shelf and put them in a stack to the side. These are the books you are reading, the pictures you look at every day, and other items that make you happy and fill a purpose of some kind. After you have removed everything from the bookshelf, wipe it down and clean it off. Dust the top and the backs of all the shelves. Make it a clean space for the things that you like!

After you have separated what you can part with, what you will store, and what you are keeping, place the keepers back onto your clean shelf, store your storage items, and get rid of the items that are going to donate or throw out. Remember, don't let those items hang around - the longer they stay in your home, the harder they are to get rid of!

 

Declutter My Home

Do you have an area in your home that you wish you could get some help with? Do you want to get it decluttered? My solution is to help you - if you leave a comment below I will respond and help you get started in a room, find a storage solution for a messy area, or help with any other clutter related issue.

Helping out also brings up a good point - asking others for help when you are trying to get rid of clutter. There are a few issues that keep most people from reaching out and requesting or asking for help from friends, family, and others:

  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Embarrassment at not being able to "do it" themselves
  • Shyness

Let me settle the first one quickly - if you are ready to ask for help you are certainly not helpless! The fact that you recognize that there is an issue that needs to be dealt with and that you may not be fully equipped to properly deal with it means that you need help and are smart enough to ask for it, not that you are helpless. Continue reading

Reducing Entryway Clutter

When you walk into your home do you immediately see clutter in the entryway? This is not a great way to come into your, or anyone else's, home - imagine how much better you will feel with a clean entryway, reduced clutter, and the ability to make it happen!

There are several sources of clutter in the entryway, but most likely it comes from one of three places:

  1. Clothes
  2. Mail or paperwork
  3. Shoes

These all have quick fixes, but one of them might take a little time as you develop a new habit to deal with the clutter. Let's start with the easiest one first! Continue reading

Pot And Pan Hanger

Looking to improve your kitchen and reduce the clutter on your counters? A pot and pan hanger can help you free up counter space, improve the look of your kitchen, and make it easier to find and use your pots and pans. I'm putting one of these into my kitchen along with a hanging basket system for fruits, vegetables, and other items that I cook with frequently. Being able to have what you need right in front of you is very helpful and it keeps you aware of what you have. If you know what pots and pans you already have, you can keep those important pieces without going out and getting more. Additionally, you won't have to deal with deep drawers full of your pots and pans nested in each other and getting banged around. 

There are several different ways to go about using a hanging system for reducing your kitchen clutter. The simplest, and quickest, is a wall mount that you can then use to hang pots and pans from. This is very easy to install and only take a few screws or nails. The downside is that you might have your pots and pans dinging the wall and you can only hang so many items from a smaller wall mount system.

 

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How To Control Clutter

How you control clutter is of paramount importance. Once you are on your way to a decluttered home, once you have reached a point where you feel you have gotten rid of your clutter, or even if you are just thinking of getting started you need to know how to control clutter. If we ignore this part of the process we can get stuck in a rut where we feel like we are constantly getting rid of clutter yet nothing overall is changing – not what we want to happen! Having this happen can lead to discouragement, feelings of frustration, and might even make you want to give up.

So, what can we do about this issue? Have a plan for controlling the clutter right from the start.

If you've already started and feel like you are stuck in a rut this is a good method for you to use as well. Think about where the clutter comes from. Not necessarily in the sense of where it originally comes from, but where YOU bring it from.

You bring clutter into your house, and you are responsible for controlling how, when, and how much clutter makes it into your home.

Control Clutter With Your Front Door

Control Clutter With Your Front Door

Think of your front door or entryway as the last point of defense against clutter! You  make the decision as to what comes in the door and what stays outside. Until you bring something new into your home you can always return it, give it away, or toss it. Now, you might be thinking, “I can always get rid of something once it is in my house!”, and that is partially true. However, it is MUCH more difficult to get rid of clutter once it has made it into your home. Also, no one wants to spend the time after the fact thinking about what needs to go – that's the reason you are getting rid of clutter in the first place!

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Organizing Kitchen Drawers

A good place to start decluttering your kitchen is to get the kitchen drawers organized. They aren't often seen (assuming they can close!) but are usually responsible for the vast majority of our kitchen clutter.

Do you open your drawers and find a jumbled mess? When you open the silverware drawer are you faced with a tangled mess of silverware, napkins, and seemingly random objects?

Besides being able to hold our clutter and enabling further disorganization, having messy kitchen drawers can waste time as we scour through them in search of the one thing that we need. By being disorganized, the drawers also hide duplicates and make getting rid of kitchen clutter more difficult; if we cannot lay everything out and see what all we have we are more prone to keeping everything in the drawers and trying not to worry about it – but we can fix this quickly and easily! Continue reading

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